This week our students worked on the underhand rolling/bowling skill. We practiced the skill in a variety of activities with the different grade levels. Here is a look at the activities the students were engaged in this week.
Only saw kinders once this week due to the half day on Friday, but we worked on our bowling skills too!
This week students worked on the skill of "hand striking" with different objects this week. We used balloons, small & large beachballs, and volleyball trainers! Our student teacher, Ms. Stockman, planned several lessons that incorporated a lot of individual and partner skill practice.
Our 3-5 graders enjoyed working together to use forearm passes and overhead passes and guide their beachball into a large box made of mats!
Our kindergarten students even got to do some striking with paddles and balloons! They practiced along with this video and then got to do some individual and partner stations using both hands and paddles.
These station ideas and signs came from OPENphysed We divided the gym into quadrants and had students rotate through 2 different individual stations and 2 different partner stations each using balloons.
What an EXCITING week...Halloween AND our first snowfall of the year! There was definitely a buzz of excitement in the gym this week. Ms. Stockman planned a few holiday-themed activities for our students and our 4th & 5th graders spent 1 day working on the PE Central challenges. Here's a quick look at what we did this week...
Our 4th & 5th graders spent 1 day this week working on the PE Central Challenge...a series of 6 different skill tests that students try to complete throughout the year. Our awards bulletin board is beginning to fill up with students who have earned a Bronze level (4 challenges complete), Silver level (5 challenges), and Gold level (6 challenges complete). We typically have one "testing day" each month to give students an opportunity to try and complete any challenges they can.
This past week my student teacher, Ms. Stockman, took over the full teaching responsibilities. She is off to a great start and the students are enjoying learning from her. The focus this week was on foot dribbling skills and the students participated in a variety of activities that helped get them a lot of individual practice.
It was a great 4 days this week in PE! The biggest news is that I have a student teacher, Ms. Stockman, from Illinois State University, who will be with us in the gym for the next 8 weeks. She is excited to be here learning and working with our students. She just finished student teaching at the secondary level right here at Geneva High School. She is also helping coach the freshmen girl's volleyball team at GHS. If you see her around the school, please welcome her to Williamsburg!!
K-5 Free Choice Activity Stations
This week was different than most in that all of our classes got a chance to participate in some free choice activity stations. I use this opportunity to give students a break from the rigor of the regular curriculum where there is more instructional and assessment time. The kids have been working hard and this week it was nice to just let them take ownership of their learning. They got to choose what they wanted to do and how they wanted to be active. The students in grades 1-5 wore their pedometers to see how "active" their activity choices were. They uploaded all their data (steps, total activity time, and MVPA time) into the computer at the end of class and got to see their numbers.
One of my favorite outcomes from lessons like these are all the social-emotional learning components that arise and give students an opportunity to work through. Taking turns, sharing equipment, using space and equipment safely, including & playing with others, working through any issues that may arise, and letting kids manage their own time are just some of the "learning" that takes place in situations like this. Standing back and watching the kids interact with each other is something that always amazes me. They organize their own games, use their imagination and creativity in creative play, and get a chance to try several activities that interest them.
This week also allowed Ms. Stockman to interact with the students and begin to learn the procedures of the gym. Her and I also got to connect throughout the week. She got to answer lots of questions, play with several students, and ended the week by leading some of the classes by herself. She will be taking over the teaching responsibilities next week and I'm looking forward to working with her as she makes the transition. Our students are in good hands!!
Below is a quick look at our double kindergarten class working at some of the stations. Ask your student what their favorite activity was in PE this week!
3 of my 4 Fifth grade classes had PE once this week since they left for Outdoor Ed Wednesday through Friday. They worked on overhand throwing with a skill practice activity of "Box Ball"...
I got a chance to do 3 skill assessments with my 4th graders this week - 2 on overhand throwing and 1 on underhand throwing. Below are the activities that we did where I observed their throwing mechanics as they played.
This week our 1st & 2nd graders learned how to use the FitStep Stream BlueTooth pedometers to track their individual activity levels. They learned how to select their kid code numbered pedometer, how to clip the pedometer to their waist, how to open it and what all of the buttons do. In addition to learning about the pedometers, students learned about the different pathways we can travel...
These are the visuals I used to help teach the different pathways. They were created by Joey Feith and can be downloaded for FREE from his website: www.thephysicaleducator.com
The students were asked some cognitive questions about the pathways and they gave their responses using our Plickers magnet system. These questions (and others) can be found on my website HERE
One got to see kindergaten once this week due to the half day of school on Friday. We set up 10 different activity stations for them to explore for about 2.5 minutes each. Below is a video snippet of the lesson...
This week was unique in that our 4th graders missed PE all week as they were busy preparing for their concert on Friday for Grandparents day. As a result, we used half the gym with the rest of the classes so Mrs. Kamm could keep up the risers, instruments and sound equipment for rehearsals throughout the week. Since Friday was Grandparents Day, there were also no PE classes except for kindergarten. As a PE teacher, you've got to be flexible and play the hand you're dealt, so I was able to engage students in several learning activities in a smaller space.
I got a chance to assess both the underhand and overhand throw this week with my 5th graders as they played "Champions & Challengers." By 5th grade, students should be able to demonstrate a mature motor pattern for both the overhand and underhand throw. Below are two graphics from Joey Feith @phys_educator that display the 5 critical elements that should be present while throwing.
Our K-3s all worked on these two cross-curriculuar activities that focused on working with multiple partners while they practiced some basic math facts of "greater than, less than, and equal." We broke these activities up into 2 days with K-1 and grades 2-3 got to do both of these activities twice.
"Roll with It" or "Greater Than, Less Than, Equal"
This activity was created by JD Hughes @pe2themax who is a Teacher of the Year from Georgia. If you are interested in this activity, you can find it on his website here: https://pe2themax.com/product/roll-with-it/
Last week, our students were introduced to the PE Central Skill Challenge. They practiced various skills at 6 different stations. This week students got a chance to "test" any of the 6 PE Central Skills Challenges they felt they could complete. We had several students complete challenges and a few even earned bronze, silver, or gold medal status on our bulletin board!
Our third graders have been working on throwing over the last two weeks. We've also introduced our new Bluetooth uploadable pedometers called the FitStep Streams from Gopher Sports. They track all of their activity data during class and then students upload their data at the end of class with the touch of a button. Here's a peek at how that process looks in our classes...
We continued to work on different ways to travel (locomotor skills) this week. One of our warmup activities feature a spinning wheel (using the Decide Now app) with different locomotor skills on it
For our assessment time, students were asked to identify various locomotor skills by watching a video clip and then selecting the correct movement out of 4 choices. We used the Plickers program to quickly assess student responses with an A, B, C, or D answer. Instead of the traditional Plickers cards, we now have a smaller version of the cards attached to some MagnaTile magnets. The students' kid code numbers are on one side and the response code is on the other. They select their answer by rotating the magnet so that the letter they want is at the top of the magnet. Then they flip it over to the code side and stick it to the magnetic white board. I open the Plickers app on my phone and scan all the codes using the camera. All of their responses are instantly recorded and we can review the answers together!
These are the 6 different videos I used this week to see if students could identify different locomotor skills.
I also got a chance to do some locomotor skill assessments with the students this week...
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Thanks for visiting! Here's a snapshot of what students are learning in PE this week...
This week students were introduced to the PE Central Skill Challenge. This is a series of 6 challenges designed to get kids practicing basic skills throughout the year and then attempt to "test" or complete as many of the challenges at they can by the end of the year. We will have some "challenge days" this year where students can attempt to pass various challenges.
We have a bulletin board in the gym dedicated to students who reach bronze, silver, or gold level status. 3 of the challenges are individual and done for a certain amount of time, while the other 3 are cooperative in nature and are done with a partner or group.
Medal winners will also receive a PE Central lapel pin at the end of the year to recognize their achievement! Students are encouraged to practice at home or at recess too!
The 3 individual challenges include:
1.) Being able to hula hoop for 20 seconds
2.) Being able to keep a tennis ball up in the air, bouncing it off a racket while keeping at least 1 foot in a hoop for 1 minute.
3.) Being able to jump an individual rope continuously with no mistakes for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Students took turns timing each other with stopwatches & iPads to see how long they could go and how close they could get to completing a challenge.
The 3 cooperative challenges are:
1.) Partner Balance Beam - travel to the opposite side of the beam and back w/o touching the floor.
2.) Partner Throw & Catch - get 30 catches in a row from a distance of 25' with no drops.
3.) Volley Up - in a group of 3, keep a volleyball up 10 times in a row using legal hits only.
Our third graders worked on throwing for accuracy this week. They wore the Gopher FitStep Stream pedometers to track their level of activity during class. The pedometers upload via BlueTooth by pressing a button and students can look at the screen to view their data. Their goal each day is to try and accrue 10+ minutes of MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) time.
Our 1st & 2nd graders are working in Locomotor Skills (moving our bodies to travel in different ways). For our warmups this week, we did a "PhysEd School" video where students followed along and performed the skill and we did a Popsicle stick run...below.
On day 2, we played a game called "Zoo Keeper" - where students were selected to go into the zoo and let one of the animals out of its cage. Whatever animal they let out, was the way students traveled around the gym. They love this activity due to the excitement of the spinner landing on their name as well as the creativity involved in many of the animal walks. The spinning wheel app I use is called Classroom Roulette.
Our kindergarteners worked on stepping with the opposite foot when throwing. We did the Popsicle stick warmup to get them used to traveling around the gym in the same direction. Our throwing activities included "Decorate the Cookie" and "Make It, Take It". Parents, if you play catch with your child at home, help them emphasize stepping with the foot that is opposite their throwing hand to help them develop proper throwing mechanics.
Finally...our first full week of school! By this point in the year, the number of times I've seen each class has really varied...some classes I've seen 3 more times than others. So we had some catching up to do in some classes and so you many notice some of the activities from last week being implemented again this week. They were with different classes this week and next week we'll all be ready to start off a new unit.
We are wrapping up our Cooperative Activities Unit this week with a couple games that focus on getting students to work together, problem solve, communicate, and learning to deal with failures. I try to get a video of each class during the week and share it on Class Dojo for parents to see. The videos below will give you a better idea of what the kids are learning and how the activities tie into our lesson focus. A few classes got to test out our new uploadable Bluetooth pedometers from @GopherSport called the FitStep Streams. I really like how they can all be uploaded at once at the end of the class by having students simply press a button. All the data (steps, total activity time, and MVPA time) is synced to my computer in seconds. It is an excellent way to determine students overall activity levels and see how much they are moving in class.
During our first day of PE this week, our second graders completed a District-wide assessment pre-test to determine their familiarity with the different locomotor skills. Students were asked to identify which locomotor skill was being demonstrated in each video clip. We will hit locomotor skills often during the next 18 weeks and re-visit this assessment again to see if students can identify all of the skill correctly.
Here are a few other activities that several of the K-2 classes did this week too.
On our second day of PE, students participated in 10 differnt activity stations designed to have students explore and experiment with a variety of equipment. We did this in a "Station Rotation" format where each station had a numbered cone 1-10 and when the time was up and the music stopped, students returned their equipment to bucket next to the cone and moved to the next station in number order. Our focus was on using the equipment and space safely.
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Check out all the fun "learning" going on in the gym at Williamsburg Elementary!